About Me - Doug Garner, MA, LMFT

Doug Garner is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, has several specialities, and maintains a private practice in Palmdale, California for over 30 years. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Mr. Doug Garner uses psychotherapeutic techniques to enable individuals to mature and grow in all aspects of relationships, at work, school or home.

>With over 35 plus years experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and as a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are: ADD/ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Child Abuse, Christiain Counseling (non-Christian as well), Codependency, Depression, Dissociative Disorder, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, EMDR (Level II 1996), Family Therapy, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Grief/Loss, SPECIALIZED MARITAL (COUPLES) THERPY, Men's Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive, Panic Disorder, Parenting Skills, Personality Disorders, Physical Abuse, Play Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rape, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse/Incest, Social Anxiety, Stress, Children, Adolescents, Adults, CISD/CISM (Level II 1996).

Mr. Doug Garner is an interactive, solution-focused cognitive-behavioral therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. In a non-judgmental environment and with compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. .

Graduated in 1983 from Fuller Theological Seminary specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy

License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC0226672, September, 1986, Pasadena, CA SAP/DOT since 2/28/2007

Additional Training
In the Specialized Marital (Couples) Therapy Couples are directed to follow a specific system that does not allow for blaming or shaming but encourages the couple to grow and heal as they learn to communicate and be heard in a safe environment.

CISD/CISM Level II 1996 (Current Ongoing training 2009) Doug Garner goes on a Critical Incident on a Monthly average EMDR Level II 1996 Doug Garner preforms EMDR for Victims of past Trauma or Abuse several times per week Employee Assistance Program Provider for 20 years and has spent thousands of hours working with EAP Clients and is a member of the EAP Association and continues to receive ongoing training yearly Certificate of completion in "Feeling Good Now: New Rapid Recovery Techniques for Depression & Low Self Esteem" by David D. Burns, MD - a Cognitive Behavioral Approach

Professional Activities and Memberships
EMDRIA www.emdria.org (Doing EMDR since 1966)
CAMFT Member since 03/23/1988 www.camft.org
EAPA #0041967
President local CAMFT AV/SCV Chapter 1997 & 1998
Family Preservation Program 06/1994 - 03/1998
Parenting Program Teacher for Families in Action 01/1994 - 01/1999
Director Disaster Mental Health for American Red Cross 06/1996 - 05/1998
Children's Social Worker for the Department of Child and Family Services 07/1986 - 05/1990 (Worked with Abused Children through Parents United and through Daughters/Sons United
Doug Garner was the Director of New Life Counseling in which he was the Supervisor 

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